Guest Author - Carol Taller
Elizabeth Montgomery was reportedly born on April 15, 1933, and died on May 18, 1995. Rumor had it she lied about her age and there are different accounts as to her actual birth year. Although a famous television and film star for over five decades, she was best known for her role as Samantha Stevens on the television sitcom “Bewitched”.
Elizabeth’s (or 'Lizzie's', as she preferred to be called) parents were in show business; her father was actor Robert Montgomery and her mother was actress Elizabeth Bryan Allen. Lizzie was initiated into the profession fast.
Lizzie attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and made her debut on her father’s tv series “Robert Montgomery Presents” in 1950. She was in over 200 live programs over the next decade, but she will always be remembered for her leading role as Samantha Stevens on “Bewitched”.
Samantha was a friendly, good witch that fell in love with mortal advertising executive Darrin. They tried to live a mortal life on earth, but constantly got into mischief and needed Samantha’s bewitching powers to help them escape their silly mishaps. Samantha would twitch her nose and the magic would happen.
It was believed that Montgomery would twitch her upper lip when she got nervous and her nose would move, so the movement was used in the show.
Montgomery received five Emmy and four Golden Globe nominations for her role. Bewitched aired for eight seasons until Montgomery chose to move on to other projects.
Montgomery was married New York socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann in 1954 but the marriage dissolved within the year. She married to actor Gig Young from 1956 to 1963, and then to director-producer William Asher from 1963 to 1973. They had three children: William Asher, Jr.,Robert Asher, and Rebecca Asher. She was pregnant with Robert and Rebecca while filming “Bewitched”, and it was worked into the scenes with her tv pregnancy with Tabitha. In 1971, while filming the eighth season of Bewitched, she fell in love with director Richard Michaels and moved in with him after the season ended. This personal relationship also played into Montgomery’s choice not to return back to the show. The relationship with Michaels lasted for two and a half years.
Montgomery’s fourth and final marriage was to actor Robert Foxworth, on January 28, 1993, after living with him for nearly twenty years. She remained married to Foxworth until her death.
In the famous witch hunting city of Salem, Massachusetts a 9 foot bronze statue of Montgomery portraying Samantha sits riding sidesaddle on her broomstick.
Elizabeth Montgomery succumbed to cancer on May 18, 1995. She did not have a funeral and her body was cremated.